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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 9, Number 3, September 2015

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Penny Harter
Mays Landing, New Jersey, USA


White Stone

I am stroking a smooth white stone found on some forgotten strand. Sloped like a bear skull, it eyes me from a rusty indentation in its side. Caressing it, my thumb finds a cub stretched out dead on the shore, having swum with his mother too far—broken ice, no seals, no land, bad storm—until drowning, he washed up here to lie on his side, mouth permanently open.

senior center—
a woman asks for more
canned fruit-cup

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